Vulcan and District Historical Society

Vulcan and District Historical Society welcomes you to our site

The photo above shows our “nine-in-a-line” row of elevators. At one time Vulcan was known for the vast quantities of grain shipped from here. (see separate article) This row of elevators continues to be shown in artwork, although most of the elevators have disappeared or been replaced.

Celebrate Canada 150 with us

We have our local area history book, Wheat Country II, on sale for $1.50 for the rest of 2017. This is a hard-cover book with 893 pages of information about Vulcan and area mainly focussing from 1963 to 1988. (Postage would be extra.)

Brand new on July 1-we have tablets available for use in the museum. Each has video clips made by local residents. There are clips on several subjects, including medical, schools, pioneer life and more. There is a special collection called “Smorgasbord of Stories” which features locals showing how to make family favourite ethnic foods as they tell of the memories associated with the dish.

Also in the museum is a display for Canada 150, which includes some of the inventions Canadian minds have devised.

New Exterior

Vulcan and District Archives and Museum

The Archives and Museum are located on the main street of Vulcan in the same building. This building is composed of the former Alberta Government Telephones building which has been designated a historic site, the former Prospect Slope School, which is furnished as a classroom, a lobby featuring John Ware paintings and items of interest, plus over 2000 square feet of new display space with a room for the Archives.

Vulcan and District Museum

Reopening on July 1, 2016 Closed for the winter

The main emphasis of the museum is on agriculture, communications, medical history and education. A tribute to the John Ware family is in the foyer. Some of the new exhibit areas featured are Granny’s Kitchen, Nine-in-a-line grain elevator display, Grandpa’s Workshop, Musical High Notes, Military Pride and the Vulcan Advocate newspaper room.

Open: Tuesday to Saturday June through September from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Sundays from 1-5 p.m.

We are closed on Mondays.

Group tours may be arranged by calling 403-485-6336 (Lawrence) or 403-485-6716 (Museum) 

Admission to the Museum is free, but donations are appreciated.


Vulcan and District Archives

Ready to research for you Ready to research for you

232 Centre Street, Vulcan, Alberta (Same building as museum. Access through the museum or through  the east door).

Open Wednesdays 1 to 5 p.m. year round, other times by appointment or when a volunteer is working onsite.

Phone/Fax: 403-485-2168 E-mail:

Research requests may be forwarded to We have no set charge for research work. However donations to the Vulcan & District Historical Society are gratefully accepted.

The Archives has a collection of the local newspapers from 1912 to the present and local history books, family books, papers and photographs about the history of this area. Volunteers will answer your requests for information for you. (Sorry, we do not have the facilities for you to do your own research.)  To reach us, come through the front door of the museum and enter the new display area. We are immediately to your right.

Come join us

Historical Society member, Bev Knutson-Shaw, has created a series of videos entitled “Smorgasbord of Stories” for Canada 150. Each video features a local resident showing how to make a food from their culture. Some of the foods include: borscht, mincemeat, gnocchi and sushi. These videos can be found in the history category. A launch of these videos will be held at the Vulcan Lodge Hall at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Stories and some food samples will be shared by those who star in the videos.

Vulcan Cemetery addition

Vulcan Cemetery is 100 years old this year, 2017. It has not had any signage to show its name. The Vulcan and District Historical Society has donated a map sign and an entrance arch to the cemetery. The map has been installed and the arch will follow, as weather permits. The map shows general areas. Specific plot locations can be found at Vulcan Cemetery on the Find a Grave website.

Good News

With the help of grants from the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta and the Community Initiatives Program of Alberta Culture and Tourism, plus a generous donation to the Vulcan and District Historical Society along with society funds, we have been able to get the local newspapers digitized from 1912 to 1967. These will be found on the University of Alberta’s site, Peel’s Prairie Provinces. The site has a backlog of material to be put on their site, so it may be one to two years before you will find the Vulcan Review and the Vulcan Advocate there. This is an easy-to-use searchable site which will make the contents of these newspapers available to all.

More Good News

The Vulcan and District Historical Society in conjunction with Vulcan Legion Branch No. 21 and the Canadian Fallen Heroes Foundation have raised funds to pay for twenty-two memorial prints for more of the fallen heroes from Vulcan County. The finished prints are on display in the Vulcan Legion or the local communities the heroes belonged to.

Thank you to those who generously donated. We still have photos for a few more who do not yet have a memorial print and hope to be able to get those in the future.

Did you know

  • that headstone photos from Vulcan Cemetery can now be found on the Find a Grave website We were able to assist the researcher who did this by sharing information. We also helped with the information for the other cemeteries found in Vulcan County. She has put all of the headstone photos for them on the Find a Grave site as well.
  • that the local history books from Vulcan County communities can be found on the internet? Vulcan, Milo, Arrowwood, Mossleigh, Champion and Carmangay are at and Lomond and Eastway are at
  • that early newspapers for Champion, Lomond and Arrowwood are found on the Peel’s Prairie Provinces site. The Vulcan newspaper will be on this site in the months to come.